Title: Omega Days | Series: Omega Days #1 | Author: John L. Campbell | Publisher: Wild Highlander Press | Pub. Date: 2013-2-20 | ASIN: B00BIWSLSM | Pages: 293 | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased
Eight million walking dead stalk the San Francisco Bay Area, with more on the way. Scattered refugees – a priest with a bloody past, a college girl turned sniper, escaped San Quentin inmates and others – will quickly learn the three most important rules of survival: Make your bullets count. Don’t fall behind. Don’t…get…bitten!
Fast-paced and packed with zombie action, Book One of the Omega Days series lights off the apocalypse with a scream, and tears California to pieces!
Omega Days Review
I keep coming back to zombie books. I took a long break from them, but my interest is surging again. Ultimately, though, I feel like I’m still only interested in ones that I’ve already read and know are good. Hence my re-reading of Omega Days by John Campbell.
I really feel like Omega Days is one of the best zombie novels out there. Even with the fact that nothing really gets resolved, because its very obviously the first book in the series. I feel a bit conflicted because I normally hate it when books do stuff like this. However, Campbell is a very talented author, and I enjoyed following each of his characters around. Especially Xavier and Skye. I don’t know what it is about the two of them, but I adore those characters. I think Skye is the perfect example of how tragedy can take a normal person, and turn them into something you wouldn’t expect.
I like how in the middle of Omega Days he just takes some time to kill a bunch of people. There’s pages of just “Oh look, here’s a new character. Now watch this person die horribly” The deaths are all interesting, and it’s a great way of hammering home the hopelessness. It’s one of those things you almost feel a little weird admitting to. “Yeah, my favorite section was just watching him kill people.” But, ah well. We’re all weird here, aren’t we?
Now, of course, there are things I have an issue with, like the zombie baby in a carseat. Come on, now, is it a requirement that all zombie books have to do the zombie baby or toddler, especially with description? How about just leaving it at something like “He saw a small hand rise up and bat at the mobile, but he knew there was no possible way the infant could still be alive.” We don’t need to ‘see’ the baby. Ugh.
I don’t remember if I ever read the second book in this series, but after refreshing my memory on this one, I’m definitely going to check it out. Omega Days is very well written, and the jumping around between characters is nicely done. You spend the perfect amount of time with each group, rather than hopping back and forth like a bunny on speed.
Definitely recommend you check it out if you haven’t done so already.
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